Via Skype from Albany, Sen. Ritchie talks 'tech' with 200 business, government leaders at Potsdam symposium
POTSDAM -- State Sen. Patty Ritchie addressed the North Country Technology Symposium at Clarkson University on Wednesday, but she wasn’t even in the buildnig.Via Skype, she showed 200 business, government and nonprofit leaders how rapidly changing communication technology allows her to stay in touch with constituents at home while she performs her duties in Albany. Skype is an increasingly popular video technology that allows people to see each other while talking by internet through their computer.
Ritchie was honored at the symposium with its "SPIRIT Award" for her work in using emerging technologies and social media to communicate with her constituents across Central and Northern New York.
During the opening presentation, she answered questions about how she has used on-line petitions, on-line surveys, Facebook, her official website, and e-mails to connect to the people she represents across St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Oswego counties, and explained how they could use the same technologies to build relationships with rural customers and compete in the global economy.
The symposium was sponsored by the St. Lawrence County's Information Technology Advisory Board, along with its partners, CITEC, Clarkson University, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, St. Lawrence Lewis Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Development Authority of the North Country.